Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, p. 200.
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The surname has been recorded in a number of spelling forms including Veal, Veale, Veall, Veel, and Veyell, The surname is English, but is probably of pre medieval French origin. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.
Note 143. VEALE FAMILY. - I should be glad to have any particulars of Veales of Milton Abbot and East Cornwall. It would seem that one Richard Veale owned land in that parish early in the eighteenth century. This property came into the possession of the Wards and more recently into the hands of the Bedfords. Richard Veale's son Richard migrated to Calstock over the border and rented Hatches and is said to have owned Dodges-land in the same parish.
Richard Veale the younger is said to have died about 1786, aged 94.
Sir Peter le Veel, grandson of John le Veel, had the custody of the Castle of Exeter, 10 Edwd. III. He is said to have married Hawise Kingston of Tortworth. Elx.